Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
Sections
You are here: Home topics Competition

Competition Policy in the EU

— filed under:

Latest news on competition policy in the European Union.

French retailers Casino, Intermarché in EU antitrust probe

French retailers Casino, Intermarché in EU antitrust probe

The EU Commission opened an antitrust investigation Monday to assess whether the French retail groups Casino and Intermarché breached EU competition rules by coordinating their conduct in the market.

Read More…

US chipmaker ordered by EU to stop 'anticompetitive practices'

US chipmaker ordered by EU to stop 'anticompetitive practices'

Broadcom, the world's leading supplier of chipsets used for TV set-top boxes and modems, must stop applying exclusivity provisions in agreements with its top customers, the Commission ordered Wednesday.

Read More…

EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel

EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel

The EU Commission has fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB a total of EUR 31,647,000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Bonduelle was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission.

Read More…

EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

The European Commission initiated Monday an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils from China, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Read More…

Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU

Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU

France must recover EUR 8.5 million of illegal state aid made to Ryanair, the EU Commission said Friday, as regional marketing agreements at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU state aid rules.

Read More…

Chipmaker Qualcomm fined EUR 242m for 'predatory pricing'

Chipmaker Qualcomm fined EUR 242m for 'predatory pricing'

The EU Commission fined US tech giant Qualcomm EUR 242 million Thursday, for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets, sold below cost with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market.

Read More…

EU opens probe into Amazon use of sensitive data

EU opens probe into Amazon use of sensitive data

The Commission opened a formal investigation Wednesday into whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers selling on its 'marketplace' breaches EU competition rules.

Read More…

State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny

State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny

The EU Commission opened a probe Monday into whether Spain's granting EUR 20.7m of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo, Spain is in line with EU rules on regional state aid.

Read More…

EU blocks ThyssenKrupp-Tata Steel joint venture

EU blocks ThyssenKrupp-Tata Steel joint venture

The EU Commission gave the thumbs down Tuesday to a proposed joint venture between major steelmakers Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp, saying it would have reduced competition and increased prices.

Read More…

Banks fined over EUR 1bn for foreign exchange cartel

Banks fined over EUR 1bn for foreign exchange cartel

The EU Commission fined five banks - Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG - EUR 1.07 billion Thursday for taking part in two cartels in the Spot Foreign Exchange market for 11 currencies.

Read More…

InBev fined EUR 200m for breaching EU antitrust rules

InBev fined EUR 200m for breaching EU antitrust rules

The EU Commission fined Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest beer brewer, some EUR 200 million Monday for breaching EU antitrust rules through its actions in hampering cross-border sales of beer.

Read More…

Non-EU gas pipelines set to come under EU law

Non-EU gas pipelines set to come under EU law

Pipelines entering the EU from non-EU countries will come under EU law, including competition rules, following the EU Parliament's approval Wednesday of new gas market rules providing legal clarity for operators.

Read More…

Retailers commend European Commission for swift action against discriminatory Slovak tax

Commenting today on the European Commission announcement of an in-depth investigation into to the Slovak Retail Tax Law and an injunction suspending the application of the law, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Read More…

German energy law did not involve state aid: EU Court

German energy law did not involve state aid: EU Court

A German law that gave support to businesses producing electricity from renewable energy sources did not involve state aid, the EU Court said Thursday in a ruling annulling the Commission decision.

Read More…

EU slaps EUR 12.5m antitrust fine on Nike

EU slaps EUR 12.5m antitrust fine on Nike

The EU Commission fined Nike EUR 12.5 million Monday for banning traders from selling the licensed merchandise of some of Europe's best-known football clubs to other countries within the EEA.

Read More…

Google hit with EUR 1.49 bn EU fine for antitrust advertising practices

Google hit with EUR 1.49 bn EU fine for antitrust advertising practices

The EU Commission fined Google EUR 1.49 billion Wednesday for breaching EU antitrust rules, saying restrictive clauses in its ads contracts with websites prevented rivals placing search adverts on those websites.

Read More…

Brussels launches 'eLeniency' tool to help break cartels

Brussels launches 'eLeniency' tool to help break cartels

A new online 'eLeniency' tool, launched by the EU on Tuesday, is aimed at making it it easier for companies and lawyers to submit documents as part of leniency and settlement proceedings in cartel cases.

Read More…

Brussels accepts Disney, Sony commitments on pay-TV

Brussels accepts Disney, Sony commitments on pay-TV

The European Commission accepted Thursday commitments offered by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky regarding concerns over film licensing contracts for pay-TV with Sky UK.

Read More…

EU hits car safety equipment suppliers with EUR 368m cartel fine

EU hits car safety equipment suppliers with EUR 368m cartel fine

The EU Commission fined Autoliv and TRW EUR 368,277,000 for breaching EU antitrust rules Tuesday. Autoliv, TRW and Takata took part in two cartels to supply car seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to European car producers.

Read More…

State aid ceiling for EU farmers raised to EUR 25K

State aid ceiling for EU farmers raised to EUR 25K

The maximum aid Member States can give to their farmers without need for prior EU approval will rise from EUR 15,000 to EUR 25,000, the Commission announced Friday, to allow greater flexibility, especially in times of crisis.

Read More…

Document Actions